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  • The Inkwell

    The Inkwell

    ★★★½

    This is a very enjoyable movie, despite some of its narrative shortcomings. There’s a sense of some connective tissue missing, but the performances make up for it on the whole. 

    This is a film brimming with enthusiasm and life, and it’s hard to hold its flaws against it. There’s a genuine humor at its core. The chemistry in the cast is authentic and enjoyable, and the characters aren’t just archetypes. They feel like real people, with real problems.

    The overall…

  • Bad Girls

    Bad Girls

    ½

    My first in-depth thoughts on Bad Girls will appear on RetroPerspective for The Nerd Party. Longer written review on the way after that.

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  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★★★

    It’s a touch slow at parts, and the VFX undermine the action at points. But it’s a supremely fresh take on the Marvel template, written smartly and with a fully realized and believable fictional culture. The score is phenomenal. Overall worth the hype.

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★½

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has a lot of elements that work well. Delightful scene-stealing characters, solid art direction, bold effects work, and slick plot contrivances  make you forgiving of a very uneven start. The third act is indisputably a well-constructed battle scene, full of the type of visual dynamism that keeps you invested.

    It also has a lot of things to like, and I think that’s part of the issue. The things to like wind up making you…